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San Luis Obispo lost an icon when Gregory Morris '62 died on Feb. 8, 2016, at his home in Avila Beach. Greg was born in August 1940 in San Francisco to Harry and Anne Morris. In 1948, Harry, Anne, and their two sons, Greg and Michael, moved to San Luis Obispo. Greg attended Old Mission School, and after grammar school, achieved his Eagle Scout. He spent his high school years at Mission Central Catholic High School and Bellarmine College Preparatory and then graduated from Santa Clara University with his B.A. in history in 1962.
After working for The Hartford Insurance Company in San Francisco for two years, he moved back to San Luis Obispo in 1964 to work with his father at what was then known as Bachino & Morris. Soon thereafter the firm became Morris & Dee. Greg spent his career building long-lasting relationships and taking care of those in need. For over 50 years he considered his clients and employees his family. Greg was instrumental in expanding the company, now known as Morris & Garritano, to the firm it is today. He was proud to have been joined by two of his children to carry on the multi-generational business.
Greg married Theresa LaFace in 1967, and together they had four children: Kelly Morgan '91, Brendan Morris '92, Kerry Morris '98, and Patrick. One of Greg's ongoing passions was his belief in Catholic education, manifested through the reopening of Mission College Preparatory in 1983 and the school's expansion in 2004. His strong interest in history, particularly in that of California missions, was evident in his work to restore the La Loma Adobe-a project that engaged him until the end of his life.
Anyone who knew him would agree, Greg was the world's best host. He was a gentleman through and through, and he made sure your glass was full and your smile was big. His patience and attention to detail were extraordinary, and his boundless generosity was felt deeply by those around him, through his work ethic, his unbridled love for his family, and his commitment to his community through organizations like Mission School Memorial Foundation, Mid State Bank, and French Hospital. Greg exemplified his strong compassion for the people around him through his lifelong service as a Eucharistic minister for parishioners from both Saint Paul Church in Pismo Beach and Old Mission Church in San Luis Obispo. He also participated in the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, two of the highlights being administering polio vaccinations and drilling water wells in India and Malawi, respectively. Greg's family loved going on vacations with him to beautiful locations such as Maui, Canada, Australia, Tahiti, Italy, and most recently Norway. His kindness and respect for others touched whoever crossed his path, and he was always interested in learning more about other cultures and other countries.
Greg Morris is survived by his brother, Michael (Sandy); his children: Kelly Morris, Brendan (Vicky), Kerry Morris (Ryan), Patrick (Linda); his grandchildren: Jennifer, Amy, Rell, Kalani, Grace, and his nephews, Kevin and Colin.
Robert Bachmann '63 passed away January 9, 2016, at home with his family by his side. He died from pulmonary fibrosis, but maintained his optimism and sense of humor throughout his illness. He was born in Los Angeles to Rudolph and Irene Bachmann, Swiss immigrants.
Bob graduated from Santa Clara University in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was an Engineering Program Mgr at Northrop Grumman. After retirement he taught part-time at the Monterey Naval Post Graduate School.
He was a lifelong skin diver and cyclist. He volunteered at Santa Clara Senior Center and enjoyed gardening and cooking for family gatherings. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and will be remembered for his generosity, humor and love of life.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Beverly; sons, Steve (Stephanie) and Jon (Katherine); grandchildren, Charlie and Chloe; brother, Rudy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Paul Kantner '63, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Jan. 28, 2016. Mr. Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74.
Brian Peter "Pete" Barndt '66, age 69 of Allen, Texas, passed away on Monday afternoon April 27, 2015 with his loving family by his side.
Pete was born on August 8, 1945 in Santa Rosa, California, a son of Martha (Dwyer) and Victor Joseph Barndt. He married Barbara McWilliams '69 on March 21, 1970, in Spokane, Washington. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Brian and Elizabeth '01.
Pete recently retired from Texas Instruments where he was a patent attorney for over 25 years. He loved his work and favorite hobbies of golf and travel because of the people those activities brought into his life. He also enjoyed history, art, poetry and music from Jamaican ska to opera.
Mary Kelly (Moroney) Basso '67, a resident of Menlo Park, passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon April 1st, 2016. Born to Thomas Moroney, and Sarah Kelly Moroney on April 23, 1945, Mary is now reunited with her parents, and her sisters, Carol (Duffy) Scheley, Nell (Nonie) Moroney, and Sally Moroney. Mary's early years were spent in San Mateo. She attended St. Catherine's Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, and went to Santa Clara University where she graduated with a degree in Sociology. It was there that she met the love of her life Raymond Basso '67, MBA '70. After graduation, they were married in 1967. She was a wonderful homemaker and support to her husband, as she raised their 4 children,; Ray Basso Jr., Sarah Basso Vergara, Brian Basso, and Anne-Marie Basso.
When her youngest daughter was in fourth grade, Mary attended College of Notre Dame and received her multi-subject teaching credential. She went on to teach 3rd grade and Montessori at St. Joseph's School in Menlo Park, and also did substitute teaching at St. Raymond's School where all her children had previously attended. Mary is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 48 years, Raymond William Basso Senior, her brothers, Carl , Barry (Faye), Tom (Carole), and Mark Moroney, and her sister Sheila (Ron) Santero.
Mary was a devout Catholic who for many years was a Eucharistic Minister tothe sick. She also enjoyed volunteering for several years teaching English to recent immigrants at the Catholic Worker House. Mary was an incredibly loving and caring person giving of herself to those around her who were in need. In addition, she cared for her mother-in-law and close friend, Lena Basso near the end of her life and numerous other family and friends.
In her later years, Mary was a proud grandmother to her seven grandchildren whom she adored, and spent much time with. She often said that her grandchildren were one of the greatest joys in her life. They are, Kevin Basso (27), Noah Vergara (17), André Basso (13), Luca Vergara(13), Cade Basso (11), Jenna Basso (10) and Sofia Vergara (5). She will also be fondly remembered by her dozens of beloved nieces and nephews and brother and sister in law Lawrence and Susan Basso.
Mary was diagnosed with lung cancer five and a half years ago. Those who witnessed her struggle with cancer were in awe of her grace, strength and fighting spirit. Though she endured many treatments, her tenacious will to live never waned and she remained positive throughout. As she passed away, Mary, surrounded by her family, smiled gracefully and was beautiful beyond belief. She became radiant like an angel as she took her last breath and met God.
GRD Leavey/MBA '69
James "Jim" Cronin '67, MBA '69, a San Francisco native and 34 year resident of Hillsborough, succumbed to cancer in the early morning of 3/18/16. He was a graduate of St. Stephen's Catholic School, St. Ignatius High School, and attended Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees. He was an army veteran, first lieutenant. A devoted family man and devout Catholic, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Nancy; three sons, Stephen (and wife Danielle), Brendan (and wife Kristin) and Michael; two grandchildren (William and Emma); two sisters, Noreen Schillaci and Sheila Marko '70 MBA '72 (and husband Tony); and numerous nephews and nieces. Jim was predeceased by sister Patricia Farber. For several decades he owned and operated Norbert Cronin & Company, an insurance brokerage firm on Market Street in San Francisco. One of only 2% of insurance professionals, nationwide, to hold both CLU and CPCU designations, he was highly respected and universally recognized as an expert in his chosen profession. Jim loved life. On the donor list of many charities, he was a lifelong philanthropist. Generous with his time and talent, he was a loyal, honorable and compassionate man. His efforts to help family, friends and neighbors were legendary. A lifelong athlete, he continued to water-ski, cycle, and play competitive basketball into his final year of life. A member of San Francisco's Olympic Club for 61 years, he was elected to that organization's basketball wall of fame. Jim planned and organized regular gatherings of his classmates and friends from St. Stephen's, St. Ignatius and Santa Clara. Noted for his love of boating and circular pastries, he was fondly referred to as "Captain Doughnut."
Arthur C. Gatto '69, Sept. 3, 1925 - Jan. 25, 2016, resident of San Jose, is survived by his sisters Alberta McDonald and Geraldine Gatto. He is the son of the late Antonio Gatto and Maria Pusatero.
Maureen Rose Murphy ’73 died peacefully, surrounded by her family on March 20, 2016. She was the devoted mother to Daniel, who taught her to follow her dreams, Marie, who taught her to listen, and Bobby, her angel, who welcomed her to heaven with her parents, Francis J. Murphy '43 and Virginia Murphy. Precious Grammy to Charlotte, Annie, John, and Clare. Cherished Mother-in-law to Kate and Jeff. Dear friend to Tony and Courtney, Todd and Ann, Lori and Sean, Tyler, Travis, T.J., Emma, and Jake. Dear sister of Geri Murphy '69, Pat Murphy MBA '73, Dennis Murphy '77, and KC Murphy '81. She leaves a hole in our hearts. Sweetheart to Joe Hurley, who always reminded her of her specialness and her motto: Have fun every day.
Mickey loved teaching, dancing, golf, bunco, keeping "the book" at every baseball game she went to, from Burlingame little league to the World Series, and hosting the Murphy Family Easter Brunch and Hunt. We will fondly remember Golden Bunny Eggs and the Mystery Bag.
She will be missed by her family and many friends from school, work, and the community. She will be sorely missed by her first friend and final caretaker, Barb.
John "Jack" Previte Jr. '70, July 20, 1948 – March 5, 2016, resident of Santa Clara, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Saturday, March 5, 2016, surrounded by his family.
Jack was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and is survived by his loving wife, Valerie, sons John and Nicolas Previte, daughter, Elisha Spanton '98, and her husband, Matt Spanton, and granddaughter Matysen Spanton.
Jack attended Santa Clara University earning a bachelor's degree in 1970 in Econmics/Marketing. Following graduation, he served as a US Army officer during the Vietnam War.
Since 1990 he was the General Manager of CGB Investments, LLC, San Jose, California. He served on the Santa Clara University Board of Regents and was active in the SCU Bronco Bench as well as supporting many other university activities. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Almaden Golf and Country Club.
Jack loved all sports and throughout his life, he enjoyed many close friendships. He especially cherished his Sicilian (Italian) heritage and loved visiting friends and relatives in Sicily. Dedicated and hard-working, he always strived to improve on whatever endeavor he undertook.
He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, Jack Sr. and Doris Previte of San Jose, California.
Fr. James W. Reites, S.J., M.A. '71, STL '71 who was 78 years old, was a beloved member of many, varied communities at Santa Clara University for the past 41 years. He served on the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies where he was associate professor and former department chair, and helped found the Xavier Residential Learning Community, where he served as faculty director. For more than 10 years, Fr. Reites led various student immersions to Mexico and El Salvador. Additionally, he was an associate professor in the School of Engineering, where he was a tireless and stalwart adviser to the University's three teams of competitors in the national Solar Decathlon. Most recently, he had served as adviser to students in the Tiny House competition.
His work on the Solar Decathlon was honored in an NBC story segment, “Bay Area Proud,” which chronicled his path to becoming a Jesuit and his lifelong twin loves of theology and science.
His joyful and active presence will be greatly missed at the Jesuit community, where he has lived for the four decades while at SCU.
Born in New Orleans, Fr. Reites studied engineering, math, vocal and choral music, as well as classics, humanities, philosophy and theology. He earned degrees from Loyola University of Los Angeles, Immaculate Heart College, Santa Clara University and St. Louis University. He earned his STL in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and completed his STD at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and served on the Board of Trustees for Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose.
William Everhart '74 MBA '86, died February 2, 2016, at his home in Farragut, Tennessee. Bill grew up in Houston, TX, where he attended Strake Jesuit College Prep. He moved to California to attend SCU as an undergrad. During his Junior year Bill was "the cool RA" on 8th floor Swig. Later that year he ran and was elected the 1973-74 ASUSC President. His "Vote for Bill Everhart" t-shirts with the Mr Peanut logo helped result in a landslide election. After obtaining his BA, Bill worked at the campus post office for several years. He maintained an active interest in music, playing guitar and singing both in a band (High Tide) and solo. In the Pipestage venue beneath Graham he once opened up for comedian Steve Martin, and the band High Tide played at Pipestage. After completing his MBA in 1986 Bill became Assistant VP for Finance at SCU. A love of outdoors prompted Bill to commute to SCU from a home above the San Lorenzo River in the redwoods of Felton, and to take backpacking excursions in the Sierra Nevada and in Canada. In 1992 Bill became CFO and VP for Business and Finance at Mt St Mary's College in Los Angeles. He moved to Marina del Rey, bought a BMW and power boat, and became "LA Bill". It was there he met and married his wife April. In 1999 he moved to Rancho Cucamonga and worked at Claremont Graduate University where his roles were VP for Finance, Treasurer, and Sr VP for Finance and Administration. In 2004 he was appointed Interim President of the Claremont Graduate University. His work at Claremont earned him an honorary PhD in 2005. During that time Bill and April had a daughter, Caitlin. Bill's final career acts were to move to Sweetwater, Tennessee where he started his "Purring Dog" organic food farm, as well as continuing his efforts at music writing and performance. He issued a solo CD, "Different Hats", and then formed a band Exit 62 which performed in the Knoxville area and issued a CD "This Way". Bill's greatest interest was in his daughter Caitlin's life, where Bill spent many hours as a soccer dad and in raising Caitlin to be a great human being. The many "hats" that Bill wore through his life brought him close friendships to many people. He will be missed by all. He is survived by sister-in-law Cynthia Everhart '76 and brother George Everhart '69.
Signe "Seena" Frost M.A. '76, 83, a long-time resident of Watsonville, CA, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2016, at home with her family at her side. Seena was born in Lock Haven, PA in 1932 to Florence (Bramming) and George Culbertson. The family moved to La Jolla, CA in 1942 where Seena attended The Bishop's School for Girls (class of 1949). Seena received a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in Claremont, CA in 1953 and a Master's of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT, in 1956. Seena returned to school while raising her four children, and received a master's in psychology from Santa Clara University in 1976. Seena was licensed as a marriage and family therapist in 1977 and served as the director of the Family Services Association of Watsonville from 1977-1985 and again from 1996-2001. In 2001, Seena's first SoulCollage® book was published. Her subsequent book, SoulCollage® Evolving, was a Silver Medal winner in the 2011 Nautilus Book Awards for titles that contribute significantly to conscious living and positive social change. Seena leaves behind her four children: Jennifer Frost, Paul Frost, Meg Frost Gorny and Sarah Frost; her four grandchildren: Devin Bhattacharya, Luke Frost, Carrie Frost and Joseph Gorny; and her life-long friend, Edward Frost.
Marion Tavenner Hose '83, Aug, 30, 1963, to Feb, 3, 2016. Marion passed away on February 3 from heart failure, in Reno. She touched people far and wide - connecting people, finding ways to make peace, solving problems, bringing joy to others with her laughter and welcoming spirit.
Growing up in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Okinawa, Marion graduated from Lynbrook High in San Jose and Santa Clara University. Marion had a lengthy career in commercial real estate, first in San Jose, then Reno, where she and her husband founded and owned AMH Properties. She actively served on many volunteer boards.
Marion is survived by husband Alexander V. Hose, son Alexander, and mother Marcia Tavenner of Reno, sister Sharon Simas of Bellevue, WA, and brother Kevin Tavenner of Novato, CA.
George Ambrocio Martinez Sr. M.A. '93, May 25, 1939, to Feb. 9, 2016. A resident of Santa Clara, George graduated from Santa Clara University with his Master in Educational Administration in 1993. He was married to Rosalie G Martinez in 1959. He is survived by his four children including Stephanie Martinez '99, six grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Affectionately known as Jackie, she was born on a sunny fall late afternoon, November 12, 1995, at the Norwood Caritas Hospital in Norwood, MA, into a family consisting of her mother, Huu Huyen, father, Tin Pham, and older brother, Alex Pham Huyen. Loving, beloved and cherished daughter and sister to her family. Beloved niece and cousin to many on East and West coasts as well as in Vietnam. Beloved girlfriend of Yang Li of Qingdao, Shandong, China. Beloved friend to many in the Santa Clara, California area.
Jackie attended Santa Rita Elementary School followed by Egan Middle School from kindergarten through grade nine and graduated from Los Altos High School with the Class of 2013. She was a Junior in progress of pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from the College of Sciences of Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.
Jackie was a member of the Vietnamese Student Association. She had a passion for the arts, particularly drawing. She also adored working with children at the Community School of Music and Arts in Palo Alto. She loved animals, especially their neighborhood cat Carter.
Friends of the University
On Friday, April 1, the de Saisset Museum lost a dear friend. Paula Z. Kirkeby was the owner of Smith Andersen Editions and a relentless advocate for artists, all the way up to her last day. Three decades ago our relationship began when she entrusted the de Saisset Museum with the Smith Andersen Editions Archive representing some of the most important California artists of our time. She facilitated many other gifts to our institution and we are forever grateful. But more importantly, we will miss her laughs, her unique perspectives, her storytelling moments, and the precious times we spent together. We will miss her, but somehow right now it is comforting to know she left her mark on our institution.